it is, the long awaited second album from those Armenian madmen known as
System of a Down! Has it been worth the wait? Oh yes!
If you haven't heard SOAD's music before, you might have thought them to
be just another nu-metal band. How wrong you would be. They have a sound
like no one else. This is 100% unique. It's also maybe an acquired taste
due to the vocal styles of the front man, one minute manic shouting, the
next tunefully sung verses then high pitched squealing!
From the first song 'Prison', you know this is going to be a great CD.
Then it just gets better, with 'Needles', this is a crazy mixture of
down tuned riffing and bizarre folk music, complete with shouted 'Hey's',
then just when you least expect it, a melodic sung chorus, then, 'Boom',
gutteral roars and the tempo explodes again!
Later on in the album we have the single 'Chop Suey'. You've probably
heard this with it's chorus of 'Wake up, grab a brush and put a little
It's worth buying the album just for this song, it is fantastic! Already
being played in rock clubs, this is a mega mosh friendly song if ever I
heard one. Again, it slows down, but just when you least expect it, it
explodes like a drug fuelled elephant in a box of fireworks!
I'm not going to spoil the surprise by describing every song. Lets just
say if you want some heavy/incredibly fast/catchy/melodic music, go and
buy it now, there isn't a weak song on this disc.